Logging company files new application for Squak Mountain

April 5, 2013

By Peter Clark

NEW — at 1:59 p.m., April 5 2012

Erickson Logging Inc. turned in a new application to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, seeking logging rights to Squak Mountain on April 2, not two weeks after the removal of their first.

The revised forest practices application differentiates itself from the former in several key areas. The most notable change is the halving of projected harvest acreage, from 195 acres of the parcel’s available 216 to 95 acres. It also stipulates that the steep gradient of the land will necessitate extra equipment, something the previous application failed to list. In addition, the proposed road construction needed was greatly reduced, from 3,800 to 1,900 feet.

Dave Kappler, founder of Save Squak, a group dedicated to preserving the natural landscape, maintained his stance to keep logging away from the slope’s environment and residences.

“I’m sure they’ve been working with the WSDNR,” he said of the new application. “It’s definitely less than before, but of the 95 acres, they still plan to clear cut 95 percent of it.”

He also said that there were still flooding concerns due to the clear cut, citing an expected detrimental impact in the area below the parcel. Potential flooding and environmental ramifications have caused unease for residents in the area. They have lobbied King County to purchase the land from Erickson logging, in line with the government’s dedication to protect green space in the region.

WSDNR set a due date for their decision to approve the application by May 2. In the mean time, a citizen’s group from King County will take a tour at the end of the month in order to determine their recommendation to the council on whether the county should purchase the Squak Mountain land.

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3 Responses to “Logging company files new application for Squak Mountain”

  1. Gabriel on April 5th, 2013 2:43 pm

    I would like to know where this parcel is. This is a wonderful example of where a map would help this news article.

  2. Issaquah Press: "Logging company files new application for Squak Mountain" - Save Squak Mountain on April 6th, 2013 7:02 am

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  3. Darrell Hamill on April 6th, 2013 4:34 pm

    I have 10.5 acres of land which borders onto the Issauquah Camping Club. I already have a great deal of run off that comes down the hill from the camp club. I also live on May Creek and have lived here for 32 years. I have noticed increased flooding through the years and am very concerned about increased run off and flooding and how it will effect my property as well as property downstream from me. May Valley has a huge flooding problem already and I am very concerned about such clear cutting devaluing property from my property and many other properties down stream from me.
    As well, my neighbors and myself have recently spend a sustantial amount of money replacing a bridge to improve salmon habitat in May Creek. We are starting to notice a return of the salmon after many years of absense. I feel we must protect our land and the rights of one to clear cut will harm many property owners in May Valley.

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